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Amazon Lawsuit Causes Judge to Temporarily Block Microsoft Pentagon Contract

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the $10 billion cloud computing contract the Defense Department awarded to Microsoft as it reviews a lawsuit by Amazon, CNBCreports.

The big picture: Amazon claims the decision to hand Microsoft the contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project in late October was influenced by President Trump, who has repeatedly and publicly taken shots at Amazon and its owner Jeff Bezos.

The cloud computing network was set to become active on Feb. 14, per the Washington Post
As part of the lawsuit, Amazon wants to question Trump about his communications with its competitors and with Pentagon officials to establish his “well-documented personal animus towards Mr. Bezos, Amazon, and the Washington Post,” according to a court filing.

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